Tasted in the VIP area at Whisky Live Tel Aviv 2016
A while back I posted notes from a Mortlach bottled by Cooper’s Choice that had been bourbon cask matured. Mortlach is usually sherry matured, and it’s a big beefy malt so I found the light fruity effects of the bourbon cask quite odd. Needless to say it grew on me though.
I was thus very excited to see this 2011 bottling sitting in the VIP area at Whisky Live. I haven’t tried too many Mortlachs, but from what I have tried I know age does them well. This is bottled by Silver Seal, a rather pricy independent bottler, but with a very good reputation for cask selection.
Aged 22 years. 58.2%ABV. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength.
Nose: Oranges. Flowers. Roast meat with prunes and apricots. Vanilla. Woodspice.
Palate: Glazed meat. Floral. Orange. Spicy spicy. Ginger. Anise.
Finish: Long. Peaches. Apricot fruit leather. Cinnamon. Anise. Vanilla cream.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
This was a really lovely one. I had that full body to it that I was missing in the Cooper’s Choice bottling. The label doesn’t state the cask types used, but there might be some bourbon influence in here too as it does have a light fruitiness playing along with the big meaty notes. A really solid dram.